Technology has changed a lot of things, it has reshaped the way we interact with the world around us, it has helped us with convenience and improved comfort. It has also impacted the efficiency of certain procedures, such as immigration and visas. Whether applying for a Singapore tourist visa or a business visa or a work visa who are planning to make a living overseas, here is how technology has changed visa applications from a tedious procedure usually taking months, to a convenient and painless procedure that might only take up to 24 hours to process.
Information can be found easily online
It should come as no surprise since we are living in a digital age and therefore everything is available at the click of a mouse. Back in the day, one would have to make their way to an immigration office to find out the regulations and requirements on when and how to apply for a visa. Some of them are quite strict and require specific documents to be submitted at a specific time. It can be frustrating when you miss a deadline or acquire the wrong document as that would mean you will have to start from scratch.
Today, however, you can do your research and plan in advance prior and can even contact immigration officers on whatever you are unsure about. It will give you a better idea of what to expect, and certain immigration websites allow you to track your visa application and keep an eye on the process.
Agencies are able to help with visa applications
If you are not keen on learning how to apply for your own visa application, you can choose from one of the many agencies both online and offline to help with the process. They have made a business out of helping people with their visa applications and are therefore well versed in the procedure. Their knowledge probably match those of an immigration officer, and they are actively trying to help you get in (unlike actual immigration officers, who are paid to do their job and that does not include helping people gain entry).
While some of these agencies might be fraudulent and oftentimes require a large lump sum of money to help secure a visa, there are also valid ones which can help you acquire a visa the legal way. Warning signs to look out for are:
- You are promised permanent residence for a large sum of money
- You are requested to make payment in cash
- The company is not publicly listed
- You are told you will be paid in cash terms only (for any work you participate in)
These are the warning signs you must look out for but when in doubt or if it sounds too good to be true, just choose a different agency. There are like tour agencies – the legitimate ones are all offering basically the same package for the same price and they are a dime a dozen.